Are termites eating away at your business? Not only do these pests show up to work unannounced, but they toil away at your building’s structure – often undetected until it is too late.
Termites can cause structural damage as they turn your structure into an all-you-can-eat buffet. Known to munch on wood, these pests can leave a destructive path in their wake as their feeding weakens and warps wooden structures. They can even find their way to wood through plaster, siding and cracks in your foundation.
There are two primary species of termite in Canada – dampwood and subterranean termites. Dampwood termites are naturally drawn to water damaged wood and tend to make themselves at home in structures like support beams or in hidden areas affected by roof leaks or cracked drainpipes. Subterranean termites, on the other hand, build their homes in moist soil and dig tunnels into buildings.
While termites can be hard to detect, you should keep an eye out for these warning signs:
- Damaged or decaying wood
- Brownish tan droppings
- Mud tubes on the siding of structures
- Cracked or bubbling paint on walls
- Termite swarms or discarded wings
Once termites stop by for a snack, they can be difficult to get rid of. That’s why maintenance and exclusion are key in identifying problems early and preventing these unwanted guests from impacting your business. Download this tip sheet to learn how you can help stop termites from eating away at your workplace performance.
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